Murray State University Alumni Enewsletter
October 2010
Benefits Changes and Open Enrollment
"Your Benefits to Explore"
Clarification on Pay Changes
Fall Employee Health Fair
Wednesday, October 13
ORP Representatives on Murray Campus
Inappropriate Questions in Interviews
Serving you in HR

Benefits Changes and Open Enrollment
"Your Benefits to Explore"

Below are some of the major changes to Murray State’s benefit plans beginning Jan. 1, 2011:

  • 8.0% overall increase in faculty & staff medical plan premiums.
  • 0% increase in dental plan premiums.
  • No annual maximum on preventive care.
  • No lifetime maximum on out-of-pocket expenses.
  • Adult children up to age 26 may be able to enroll in parents’ health plan as a dependent.
  • Health Savings Accounts and Medical Flexible Spending Accounts are not to be used for over-the-counter drugs.  A doctor’s prescription will be required.
  • No change to MSU’s Wellness Incentive Plan.
  • No change in life insurance premiums.  Medical Evidence of Insurability required for additional supplemental insurance.

Information sessions will be held:

Monday, Oct. 11, 2:30 PM, Alexander Hall Auditorium, Rm 240*
Tuesday, Oct. 12, 7:00 PM, Alexander Hall Auditorium, Rm 240*
   (No info session on Wednesday.  Health Fair!)
Thursday, Oct. 14, 10:30 AM, Alexander Hall Auditorium, Rm 240*
Thursday, Oct. 14, 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM, BVC
Tuesday, Oct. 19, 10:00 AM, Wrather Auditorium**

  * Capacity is 128
  ** Capacity is 260

Paper copies of your current benefits selections will NOT be sent with information packets.  To see all the plans in which you are currently enrolled, login to myGate, then

    1. Click “Employee” tab (at top of page), then
    2. Click “Benefits” link on top left, then
    3. Ensure “As of date” is “Current” & click “Select” button.

  • Information packets will be sent prior to Open Enrollment, which is Thursday, Oct. 14 to Friday, Nov. 12 (30-day open enrollment this year).
  • All employees must return forms, including those who choose to opt out of medical plan.
  • Open enrollment forms are due in HR from all regular, full-time employees by Friday, Nov. 12.


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Clarification on Pay Changes
The hourly staff compensation study focused on staff who are paid lower than the market value of their job. No one, including persons paid above the market value of their job, will receive a decrease in pay as a result of the hourly staff compensation study.  In addition, staff members who, as a result of this study, move to a pay grade with lower minimums and lower maximums will not receive a pay decrease.

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Fall Employee Health Fair
Wednesday, October 13

The Fall Health Fair for MSU employees and spouses will be Wednesday, Oct. 13 from 7:30 AM to 12:30 PM in the North Gym of the Carr Health Building.  Please plan to attend this free, convenient health event featuring numerous health screenings, including lipid panel (12 hour fast required), diabetes, blood pressure, and more.  In order to speed up the registration process, you may pre-register by visiting the Healthy LIFE website (

Healthy LIFE  has many ongoing and upcoming programs this semester.  To find out more, visit our website or contact Amelia Dodd at 809-6463 or Amelia.dodd@

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ORP Representatives on Murray Campus
Several Optional Retirement Plan representatives are available to meet with faculty and staff in Murray during October.  Rick Harris with VALIC will be in the Tennessee Room of the Curris Center from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Wednesdays, Oct. 20 and 27.  Matt Idlett with ING Financial Services will be in the Cumberland Room of the Curris Center on Tuesday, Oct. 19 from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Appointments are not required to meet with either Rick or Matt.

Phone numbers of ORP representatives:
VALIC- Rick Harris - 731-445-0839
ING - Matt Idlett - 270-781-2305
TIAA-CREF - Chad Seabaugh - 859-296-1014
Fidelity - Roger Trapp - 859-640-9187

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Inappropriate Questions in Interviews
If you are unsure about what questions are inappropriate to ask job candidates, HR’s website has a guide that might help: “Pre-Employment Inquiries:  A Guide to What You Can and Cannot Ask” (Available here: Pre-Employment Inquiries.pdf).  Please keep in mind that candidates should not be asked inappropriate questions at any time, which include during meals and in “off the record” moments.  More than 1,000 interviews will occur at MSU during the next 12 months.  Please help to achieve a 100% success rate in asking only appropriate questions.

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Serving you in HR


Beverly Barnes
Assistant Benefits Manager

Mary Armstrong
Benefits Manager


Rita Culver
Admin Secy II

Patrice Chew
Employment Specialist

Lori Mathis
Employment Specialist

Teri Ray
Employment Manager

Banner & Workers Comp

Lisa Dick
HRIS Coordinator

Marcie Clark
HRIS Specialist

Tuition Waivers & General HR Questions

Brittany Mardis
Admin Secy III

Kayla Johnson
Admin Secy I


Amelia Dodd
Wellness Plan Coordinator

General HR Questions

Robbie Marine
HR Associate

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Human Resources Department
412 Sparks Hall/ Murray, KY 42071/ 270-809-2146 office / 270-809-3464 fax / job applicant site /
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